Let's face it, you probably enjoy some aspects of smoking. Some
people truly love to smoke. There's no denying that smoking
provides real benefits such as relaxation or feelings of
So, how do you quit when you love to smoke?
YOU GOTTA WANNA
First and foremost, you have to have the desire to quit. If you
love smoking and don't want or plan to quit, then there's almost
no point in reading further. But if you honestly do want to
quit, then you have the first and most important ingredient for
Is it possible to love smoking while simultaneously wanting to
quit? Of course! Think about any destructive behavior you or
other people engage in. For example, you may love to speed when
you drive around town, yet you know it is dangerous and you want
to quit doing it. Alcoholics have a love-hate relationship with
their drink. You smoke and enjoy it, but you know it is bad for
DEVELOP THE DESIRE TO QUIT
"I love smoking too much to develop the desire to quit," you may
be saying. However, there are some simple steps you can take to
create the will to quit.
1. Make a list of the benefits you receive from smoking. Write
down as many benefits as you can think of.
2. Make a list of the bad things that have resulted or may
result from continuing to smoke.
3. Make a list of the reasons YOU want to quit. For example,
your list might include "live longer", "set a good example for
my children", "save money", etc. Everyone needs a purpose or a
reason to do anything before he or she is truly motivated to do
it. Make sure you know why you want to quit.
Read each of your lists at least once per day. These lists will
provide you with concrete motivation for quitting.
4. Make an appointment with your doctor and ask him or her to be
very frank with you about the destructiveness of smoking. Ask to
see pictures of lungs taken out of smokers' bodies. Have your
doctor explain what good things will happen after you quit.
Hearing and seeing these things from your doctor may influence
you more than anything else. After all, this person has devoted
their life to understanding the human body. They know the
truth, and most likely you'll believe what they have to say.
EXAMINE THE "BENEFITS"
Once you have a definite desire to quit smoking, it's time to
examine the so-called "benefits" of smoking. By now you should
have the "benefits of smoking" list that you made in step 1
You must become very objective when you analyze your list. Is
each list item truly a benefit or just a "fix". If you smoke to
relax, ask yourself "how does a non-smoker deal with stress
without smoking?" If you smoke to relieve boredom are you
benefiting yourself temporarily by smoking, while paying for it
with reduced health and expensive cigarettes?
Look at each item in your list from the perspective of a non-
smoker. What would a non-smoker have to say about your list? How
does a non-smoker deal with the world without smoking? Can you
obtain the same or similar benefits without a cigarette?
Remember that much of the "positive" benefit of smoking is
temporary. The long-term effects of smoking are nearly all
After examining the benefits you get from smoking, you need to
develop replacements for your cigarettes (and their effects) so
that you can continue to receive the benefits that smoking
provides you, but without the downside.
First, you need to understand that some of the so-called
benefits of smoking are really just a cruel lie. As your body
has grown accustomed to smoking and the accompanying physical
and chemical effects on your body, you have developed a need to
smoke to achieve these "benefits." You feel that the only way
you can relax is to smoke, and you do find that smoking calms
your nerves. But how long has it been since you relaxed on your
own, without the aid of a cigarette? Again, how does a non-
smoker relax? Smoking has become your crutch, when your ankle
really isn't broken.
So, on your list of "benefits of smoking" next to each benefit,
write down something you can do, other than smoking, that will
replicate the benefit.
For example, if the benefit you wrote down was that smoking
helps you sleep, you might write down that you would exercise
regularly. Exercise can aid your body in so many ways, including
better sleep. If you wrote that smoking helps you to get moving
in the morning, you might write down that you will listen to
your favorite high-energy music while you get dressed.
Be creative! This is the fun part. You get to re-invent your
TURN LOVE TO DISGUST
If you love to smoke, you need to begin to despise it.
Switch to a different brand of cigarettes--one that you don't
Look at yourself in the mirror when you smoke. Looks stupid,
doesn't it? No other animal in the world, even the lowliest,
purposefully inhales smoke. Why do you?
Look at your hands and teeth. They're disgusting, aren't they?
You're not going to get a date looking like that!
And you stink too! Yuck!
The cigarette companies are robbing you of $1,000 per year. Are
you going to let them get away with that? And your car smells
terrible. You won't be able to get as much for it when you sell
You're a social outcast at restaurants. Nobody likes to smell
your stinky smoke.
Get the idea?
NOW GO OUT AND DO IT
You can read this and do nothing or you can follow the steps and
take ACTION! Nothing in your life worth doing happens magically.
You have to create your own magic by taking action. Action.